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Strategic themes and criteria for collaboration

See below for our current calls for expressions of interest that fit with our strategic aims for 2016-2017. Although we have agreed strategic priorities for the current academic year and are not able to invest in work that sits outside of those priorities, we would welcome ideas for 2016/2017 that meet the university's broader aims and objectives.

We also accept general Expressions of Interest that fall outside of the above themes, for which we offer in-kind support such as brokering relationships, guidance and, where available, space, but not seed-funding.

Please note that we also have the aims and criteria against which proposals for cultural projects are assessed; please do read these before submitting your Expression of Interest. 

The Culture Teams meets regularly to review proposals and make decisions about which projects may be taken forward to the next stage of development. Please be aware that for public facing activity our planning cycles are usually between one year and 18 months in advance.

The Expression of Interest form can be downloaded from the link to the right. Once submitted you can expect to hear from one of the team within six weeks of submitting your form. 

Thank you for your interest in engaging with culture at King’s College London. 


Innovation in Arts & Health

Building on King’s excellence and expertise in health research, and working closely with the award-winning arts organisation Breathe Arts Health Research, we will bring together King’s scholars with artists and arts professionals to form new networks and collaborations. 

We will share current thinking and research on Arts & Health practice and seek to identify gaps and opportunities for development in order to respond to the question: In what new ways might the arts supplement medicine and care to improve the health of people suffering mental and physical health problems, prevent disease and build well-being?

We aim to broker new partnerships in order to facilitate the design and delivery of small scale experimental projects that test and trial new ideas with the potential to have an impact on the provision of Arts & Health care across King’s Health Partners and beyond.

Further details about this programme are available here. If you have an idea you would like to explore with us before then, please get in touch with Rachel Scott, Innovation Administrator:

Research & Education

Learning and Teaching in Collaboration with the Arts

This strand of work seeks to develop collaborations between King’s academics and practitioners in the arts and cultural sector in order to develop innovative approaches to education at King’s.  Exploratory Education Labs will test out approaches from the arts and cultural sector in the Higher Education Setting, whilst our ‘Arts and Health Education’ scheme focusses on Art-Based collaborative initiatives in our four health faculties: the Dental Institute, the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. 

To express an interest in being involved, contact Research & Education Administrator Amy Brown:

Collaborative Innovation Scheme for Early Career Researchers

Entering its third year, this scheme seeks to provide Early Career Researchers (PhD students and staff within five years of receiving their doctorate) from all Faculties at King’s with the support and resources to establish a collaborative and innovative project with a cultural sector partner in their area of research. It is designed as a response to a question many PhD students and Early Career Researchers face: How can my research have an impact beyond academia?

You can find out about previous Collaborative Innovation Schemes for Early Career Researchers here

If you have any questions about the Scheme, please get in touch with Richard Mason, Knowledge Exchange Associate:


Aims and Criteria

There are four primary aims and six criteria that are used to assess proposals. Proposals must address at least one aim and all six criteria should be considered.

  • Putting academic research to work in the sector 
  • Inspiring new approaches to teaching, research and learning through culture and cultural partnerships 
  • Increasing public engagement with the university through culture and cultural partnerships 
  • Enhancing the student experience through culture and cultural partnerships 
  • Be innovative, test new approaches, and provoke further debate around a specific question 
  • Have collaboration between artistic/cultural sector practice and academic research at heart and, ideally, draw upon a range of disciplines 
  • Produce high quality and original outputs 
  • Have a clear vision of the ways in which the work might influence wider policy, practice or production in the cultural sector and inform research and learning at King’s 
  • Involve equal investment from all collaborating partners 
  • If public facing (NB this is not a requirement), have a creative and dynamic dialogue with the audience embedded as part of the experimental process


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